Imagine
director
Krystian Lupa
premiere
23 April 2022
running time
6 h (łącznie z przerwą 25 min)
stage
scena duża
UPCOMING SHOWS
Premiere performace: 23th of April 2022, Łódź. Warsaw premiere: 7th of May 2022

PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO

CAST
KAROLINA ADAMCZYK
KAROLINA ADAMCZYK
GRZEGORZ ARTMAN
GRZEGORZ ARTMAN
MICHAŁ CZACHOR
MICHAŁ CZACHOR
ANNA ILCZUK
ANNA ILCZUK
ANDRZEJ  KŁAK
ANDRZEJ KŁAK
MICHAŁ LACHETA
MICHAŁ LACHETA
en:Teatr Powszechny w Łodzi
MATEUSZ ŁASOWSKI
MATEUSZ ŁASOWSKI
KARINA SEWERYN
KARINA SEWERYN
PIOTR SKIBA
PIOTR SKIBA
guest
EWA SKIBIŃSKA
EWA SKIBIŃSKA
JULIAN ŚWIEŻEWSKI
JULIAN ŚWIEŻEWSKI
MARTA ZIĘBA
MARTA ZIĘBA
guest

CREATIVES

direction and scenography – Krystian Lupa

script – Krystian Lupa & collective creation of actors

music – Bogumił Misala

costumes – Piotr Skiba

production manager – Michalina Żemła/Karolina Pawłoś

video – Joanna Kakitek, Natan Berkowicz

director’s assistants and dramaturgy collaboration – Dawid Kot

director’s assistants – Jan Kamiński

costume collaboration – Aleksandra Harasimowicz

stage manager – Iza Stolarska

 

cast – Karolina Adamczyk, Grzegorz Artman, Michał Czachor, Anna Ilczuk, Andrzej Kłak, Michał Lacheta (Teatr Powszechny in Łódź), Mateusz Łasowski, Karina Seweryn, Piotr Skiba (guest), Ewa Skibińska, Julian Świeżewski, Marta Zięba (a guest from Teatr Studio in Warsaw).

 

SYNOPSIS

An artistic journey into the world of counterculture, the times of identity and cultural revolution at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Krystian Lupa used the lyrics of “Imagine” by John Lennon as a starting point and he asks a question about the liveliness of utopias in today’s world, in which spirituality has become commercialized or politicized and humanistic values, human rights, equality and personal freedom have been devaluated. 

 

The director comes back to the psychological and spiritual New Age phenomenon and the life and creation of John Lennon, who as a “new Christ” of the hippie era suggested imagining a world without wars, countries and borders, without hate and ownership, but also without religion. 

Do New Age visions sound purely naive in our times? Is faith in an endless evolution of humanity and metaphysics a  fantasy or an eternal need of mankind? Why did the pacifistic idea fail so quickly in the 70s? Does the need for a spiritual transformation enhance in times of a crisis?

 


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There is a wake, or maybe it is just a meeting of old dreamer friends that is like a wake?...  One of us prepared a PERFORMANCE for this occasion… LET’S TELL EACH OTHER EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE AND THAT WAS ABANDONED...

Lennon’s death met with the beginning of the end of the New Age in a peculiar way and for a decade it had a religious dimension. Lennon, drawn to America with New Age, with pacifism growing like moss during the Vietnam War led by our fathers, „the living dead of an old humanity” → he became or wanted to become, even for a moment, a Warholian 15 minutes, a face, a deity of the New Age… 


Who are the people at this wake that may have never met or maybe they were friends only by the affinity of their dreams…? Andy Warhol, Thomas Bernhard, Caspar Hauser, Carl Gustav Jung, Sylvia Plath, Albert Einstein, Marilyn Ferguson – the media and creators of new human’s visions… This is only a group of random names initiating the search of a mental and literary matter entwining or penetrating this topic… 

It won’t be about a dream, nor dreamers. Not about John Lennon, nor The Beatles. Although the wake might have a connection to his (John Lennon’s or his mythical double) death → with the shot of a revolver under the doors of Dakota on the outskirts of Central Park and the symbolism of Strawberry Field… 


NEW AGE is not a sect of dreamers → Jung’s Platonic month is not a „golden flower” of a dreamer→ though, of course, in these visions and visionary ideas there is a dream of a human as a basic religious→ cultural→creative matter. Mathematics is also a creation of a dreamer… So is speculative thinking… philosophy… et cetera… The idea (and its initiation) are indispensable to save the planet.  


Are we able to answer why that faith in the transformation of humanity died? Is it possible to generate a second wave → a religious one, of the human community without faith in individual immortality?


(extracts from Krystian Lupa’s journal).

 

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For adults only.

 

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Co-production of  Powszechny Theater in Warsaw and Powszechny Theater in Łódź.

   

 

 

Premiere in Łódź: the 23rd of April 2022 during the International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant.

 

 

Premiere in Warsaw: the 7th of May 2022, the Big Scene of Teatr Powszechny.

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The show is realized within the "Prospero. Extended Theater" international project, thanks to the support of the “Creative Europe” program of the European Union.

 

 

    

 

 

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